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My Lords, we have all watched the progress in Leicester with the lockdown and I very much agreed with the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, when he emphasised the point about learning lessons. I feel that we probably have, because I perceive an evolution of approach. We have seen a different approach in Bradford, and in Oldham, again, there is more finessing—and I learned only today that the next...
My Lords, I am very pleased to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Humphreys. When she was describing the difficulties of farmers in the north of Wales she could have been describing my county of Cumbria. The similarities are uncanny, but we knew that, even down to the weather. This seven-day Committee stage has been one of the finest debates that I have been involved in in almost 50 years in the...
My Lords, as this House debates parliamentary boundaries, it is important to come back to the fact that democracy is more than just voting. It is about living together in harmony and fairness, with respect for other minority viewpoints and tolerance of the opinion of others. Democracy in Britain is under challenge today as never before. I think of the growth of social media. The noble Lord,...
Entered the House of Lords on 2 July 2001
Previously MP for South Shields until 14 May 2001 — General election
Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for South Shields, 1979-2001 and for Colne Valley, 1970-74. Opposition spokesman on agriculture and food, 1972-74, on Defence, 1980-81, on environment, 1981-87; food, agriculture and rural affairs, 1987-92; defence, disarmament and arms control, 1992-97; Chancellor, Duchy of Lancaster, 1997-98. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 18 June 1970 — General election
Also represented South Shields; Colne Valley
Last updated: 14 May 2001.
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